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  1. A canton of Switzerland.
  2. A town in Switzerland, the capital of the canton of Zug.


  • (canton): the canton of Zug




From Middle High German zuc, zug, from Old High German zug, from Proto-Germanic *tugiz, an abstract noun belonging to Proto-Germanic *teuhaną, from Proto-Indo-European *dewk- (to pull, lead).[1] Cognate with Dutch teug, Hunsrik Zugh, Old English tyge. Compare to German ziehen (to pull, to draw).


  • IPA(key): /t͡suːk/ (standard)
  • (file)
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  • IPA(key): /t͡sux/ (northern Germany and parts of central Germany; chiefly colloquial)
  • IPA(key): /t͡suːx/ (parts of central Germany; chiefly colloquial)


Zug m (genitive Zuges or Zugs, plural Züge)

  1. train (multiple vehicles one behind the other, particularly travelling on rails)
  2. pull (force that pulls in a specific direction)
  3. draught (of air)
  4. traction
  5. course
  6. (from a cigarette, etc.) draught
  7. (from a drink) draught, gulp
    • 1931, Arthur Schnitzler, Flucht in die Finsternis, S. Fischer Verlag, page 36:
      Ein frisch gefülltes Glas Champagner stand vor ihm. Er trank es in einem Zug aus – mit Lust, fast mit Begier.
      A freshly filled glass of champagne was in front of him. He emptied it in one draught – with pleasure, almost with greed.
  8. stroke
  9. feature, trait
  10. (military) platoon
  11. (turn based games) move, play
    Synonym: Spielzug


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  • Czech: cuk
  • Hungarian: cúg


  1. ^ Kluge, Friedrich (1989), “Zug”, in Elmar Seebold, editor, Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache [Etymological dictionary of the German language] (in German), 22nd edition, →ISBN